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The Earth Observer: May - Jun, 2008

Volume 20, Issue 3

In This Issue

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  • Editor’s Corner Front Cover
  • Feature Articles
  • Reflections on the Early Days of EOS: Putting Socks on an Octopus4
  • A High Seas Adventure to Study Gas Exchange: The Southern Ocean Gas Exchange Experiment6
  • NASA Supports UNESCO Kickoff for International Year of Planet Earth19
  • Probing the Mysteries of the Tropopause Transition Layer: The TC4 Experiment22
  • Saharan Dust Versus Atlantic Hurricanes28
  • Connecting Students with “Great Explorers and Great Events” Through the JASON Project34
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • The High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder Science Team Meeting38
  • An International Land/Vegetation Direct Readout Working Group Coordination Initiative43
  • NASA Fire Science Workshop Summary46
  • In The News
  • An Earth Day Perspective: NASA Satellites Aid in Chesapeake Bay Recovery53
  • Larger Pacific Climate Event Helps Current La Niña Linger54
  • Regular Features
  • EOS Scientists in the News55
  • NASA Science Mission Directorate—Science Education Update56
  • Science Calendars59

Editor’s Corner

Steve Platnick, EOS Senior Project Scientist – Acting

As was announced in the March–April issue of The Earth Observer, on April 3, Michael D. King retired from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. King served as the EOS Senior Project Scientist since September of 1992, playing a key role in the overall scientific direction of the Earth Observing System. On April 4, a retirement party was held at the Goddard Visitor’s Center to honor King’s years of service and wish him well in his next endeavor as a Senior Scientist in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado. I am sure you join me in thanking him for his many years of tireless work and leadership that contributed to the success of the Earth Observing System missions.

The task of replacing someone who served so well for so long is daunting to say the least. As announced in the previous issue, I have agreed to serve as EOS Senior Project Scientist on an interim basis while the future role of the Project Science Office is reevaluated in relation to...